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Eeloscope—Towards a Novel Endoscopic System Enabling Digital Aircraft Fuel Tank Maintenance

Heilemann, Florian and Dadashi, Alireza and Wicke, Kai (2021) Eeloscope—Towards a Novel Endoscopic System Enabling Digital Aircraft Fuel Tank Maintenance. Aerospace, 8 (5). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/aerospace8050136. ISSN 2226-4310.

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Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2226-4310/8/5/136


In this research article, a novel endoscopic system, which is suited to perform a digitalinspection of the aircraft wing fuel tanks, is introduced. The aim of this work is to specificallydesign and develop an assisting system, called Eeloscope, to allow accessing and diving throughan aircraft kerosene tank in a minimally invasive matter. Currently, mechanics often suffer fromthe harsh working environment and the arduous maintenance duties within the tank. To addresssuch challenges and derive a tailored solution, an adapted Design Thinking (DT) process is applied.The resulting system enables a fully digital inspection and generation of 3-dimensional structuralinspection data. Consequently, devices such as the Eeloscope will facilitate a more efficient andcontinuous inspection of fuel tanks to increase the transparency regarding the condition of hardlyaccessible aircraft structures and provide a work relief for mechanics at the same time.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142450/
Document Type:Article
Title:Eeloscope—Towards a Novel Endoscopic System Enabling Digital Aircraft Fuel Tank Maintenance
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Heilemann, FlorianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0420-4505UNSPECIFIED
Dadashi, AlirezaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2704-1251UNSPECIFIED
Wicke, KaiUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8220-6437UNSPECIFIED
Date:12 May 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Aerospace
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Series Name:MDPI Aerospace Journal Special Issue "Digitalization and Decision Support in Aerospace Maintenance Applications"
Keywords:aircraft; fuel tank; maintenance assistance; digitization; inspection; endoscopic; robot; MRO; design thinking; creative innovation methods
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Components and Systems
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L CS - Components and Systems
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - MRO and Cabin
Location: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul > Maintenance and Repair Technologies
Institute of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul > Product Life Cycle Management
Deposited By: Heilemann, Florian
Deposited On:31 May 2021 07:11
Last Modified:24 May 2022 23:47

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